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Associate Member Resource and Career Center

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Associate Member Resource and Career Center

The Associate Member Resource and Career Center provides a place in the exhibit hall for early-career scientists to connect with colleagues, plan their time at the meeting, learn about funding, employment and fellowship opportunities, and participate in informal peer-to-peer networking sessions on a variety of topics. The Associate Member Resource and Career Center welcomes all graduate students, medical students and residents, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows, regardless of membership status. The Associate Member Resource and Career Center is located in AACRcentral, which can be found in the middle of the exhibit hall. 


AMRC Programs

Meet the Research Icon #AACRicon

Formerly known as Meet the Research Pioneer, these informal sessions, organized by the Associate Member Council, provide early-career scientists with the opportunity to hear from esteemed senior researchers in a small-group setting to learn about the speakers’ professional and personal experiences as well as key decisions that shaped their respective career paths. Throughout the course of the discussion, you will also be able to gain career advice relevant to each speaker’s specific field. This year, we will present three icons in the Associate Member Resource and Career Center located in AACRcentral in the Exhibit Hall. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year's icons include:

  • Martine J. Piccart, M.D., Ph.D. (Monday, April 7, 2014, 1 -1:30 p.m.)
  • Carol L. Prives, Ph.D. (Sunday, April 6, 2014, 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.)
  • Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H. (Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.)

Career Conversations #AACRcc

Career Conversations, organized by the Associate Member Council, are informal networking and discussion sessions designed to allow early-career scientists the opportunity to interact with junior faculty and scientists from various employment sectors who have personal experience or are knowledgeable about a specific topic of discussion. These sessions can provide information on potential future career opportunities, as well as give you the chance to obtain advice on professional development. The topics change year to year to offer a broad array of information that could be relevant to the diverse annual meeting early-career attendees. The conversations are open to all graduate students, medical students, residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows interested in the topic. Sessions will take place in the Associate Member Resource and Career Center located in AACRcentral. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This year’s topics include:


  • Choosing the Right Postdoctoral Fellowship for a Successful Research Career (Monday, April 7, 2014, 2:30 -3:30 p.m.)
  • Balancing Research and Clinical Responsibilities: What Every Physician-Scientist Should Know (Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
  • How to Distinguish Yourself from Your Mentor (Monday, April 7, 2014, 4 - 5 p.m.)
  • Positions in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry (Monday, April 7, 2014, 10 -11 a.m.)
  • Managing Life’s Challenges (Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1 -2 p.m.)

*NEW FOR 2014*

Meet and Greet

AMC Meet and Greet #AACRAMC

Every year you’ve asked for more networking opportunities and this year, we plan to give you ample time to do just that! Come join the Associate Member Council and learn about the projects we are working on and interact with other early-career researchers who are attending the annual meeting. This event will take place in the Associate Member Resource and Career Center on Sunday, April 6 from 2 -4 p.m. Come take advantage of this opportunity to explore and familiarize yourself with the inner workings of the council, and meet new colleagues at the same time. Limited light refreshments will be available.


  • Space to meet with co-workers, collaborators or friends
  • Laptop hookups with internet connections
  • Take-home sample copies of AACR journals, CD-ROMs of Proceedings from previous meetings and other giveaways
  • Scholar-in-Training Award packet pick-up